Tony Awards 2022: ‘A Strange Loop’ wins Best Musical as Jennifer Hudson becomes an EGOT

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The musical “A Strange Loop”, a work centered on darkness and homosexuality, received the award for best new musical on Sunday at the Tony Awards.

The Michael R. Jackson musical is about a gay black Broadway usher trying to write a show about a gay black Broadway usher. Jackson also won Best Book.

Michael R. Jackson, second from left, accepts the award for Best New Musical for "A strange loop" at the 75th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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Michael R. Jackson, second from left, accepts the award for Best New Musical for ‘A Strange Loop’ during the 75th Annual Tony Awards, Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

And Jennifer Hudson joined an elite class of individuals who won Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys after “A Strange Loop,” which she produced, won Best Musical.

“A Strange Loop” beat out “MJ,” a biographical musical of pop star Michael Jackson’s most popular works, for the night’s top prize.

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But the musical about the King of Pop won four Tony Awards, including for Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design for a Musical and Best Sound Design for a Musical. Myles Frost won Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his role as Michael Jackson.

Joaquina Kalukango won Best Lead Actress in a Musical for starring in “Paradise Square,” a work about Irish immigrants and black Americans struggling to survive in Civil War-era New York.

A cover of “Company” by iconic composer Stephen Sondheim won five awards on the night, including Best Musical Cover.

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The cast of "Company" performs at the 75th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The cast of “Company” performs during the 75th Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

“Company” explores one person’s conflicted feelings about commitment, which has traditionally centered on a single person. In the revival, however, it focused on one woman, and the genders of several couples in the work were reversed.

Marianne Elliott won Best Direction of a Musical for ‘Company’, making her the only woman to win three Tonys for directing. She credited Sondheim for allowing her to have a woman placed “front and center.”

Patti LuPone won Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Matt Doyle won Best Featured Actor in a Musical for their performances in “Company.”

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Myles Frost and the cast of "GM" perform at the 75th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Myles Frost and the cast of “MJ” perform at the 75th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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Sondheim, who died late last year, was honored in a special segment where Bernadette Peters sang her song “Children Will Listen.”

Several acceptance speeches thanked the public for coming out and seeing the shows despite concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, and Marsha Gay Harden congratulated 150 security guards as guests at the awards show. .

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The season’s 34 new productions represent a full return to theaters after nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest Tonys nine months ago saw winners selected from just 18 eligible plays and musicals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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